Whether you’re a believer in Christ or not, there’s no dodging eternal life. Remember at the beginning of our adventure when we discussed body, mind, and soul? Human beings are at their core, spiritual. And spirits live forever.
You can believe in immortality or not believe in it. It doesn’t matter. You still have it.
Everyone who has ever lived is still living, whether they believed in God or not. Those who have died are simply just not here anymore. They are still very much alive, and much more active now than they ever were during their days on Earth.
I disagree with the popular notion preached in the Christian church which claims when a human is born they are physically alive, but spiritually dead. If you were spiritually dead, then your body would be soulless and stuck in a comatose state until it grew old and died. Your spirituality is what gives you life, not your physical body.
Likewise, if we were born physically alive and spirituality dead and we lived our whole lives spirituality dead and then physically died while still spirituality dead, then what happens? Do we just cease to exist? Or do we become spiritually alive upon death? It doesn’t make any sense and there’s no solid scripture to back this up. Human beings are both physical and spiritual beings. There is never a point in our time as humans where we are not both physically and spirituality alive.
You and I will always be alive somewhere. That is because our souls are immortal.
However, when mankind sinned against God, we left ourselves in a bit of an awkward spot. Mankind was created to
live forever in perfection and union with their creator. Mankind lost this privilege when we sinned. But we never stopped being immortal!
Essentially, in our brilliance, we not only doomed ourselves in this life time, but in the next life as well (all for a piece of fruit! I certainly hope it tasted good!). Knowing this, God opened a new pathway for us to snatch back what the Devil stole. Eternal union with Christ.
There are many who will accept the premise that God is loving and caring but feel that they have done too many bad things to be accepted by Him. Many feel undeserving of His love. Many feel undeserving of Heaven.
That crowd is actually not incorrect. There has never been anyone who “made the cut” to get into Heaven.
Romans 3:23- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
If you think you’re not good enough for acceptance into Heaven, well, you’re right. You’re not good enough. None of us are. There has never been even one righteous who, by their own doing, was worthy of the glory of God.
Romans 3:10- “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.”
Some religions actually teach a twisted version of the Biblical pathway to salvation. The teaching states that doing large amounts of good works will earn entrance into Heaven. This is also (thankfully) incorrect.
Titus 3: 5-7- “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Here’s the thing. God knew that you and I and everyone else would never be able to live up to the requirements of His glory in this broken world and in our fallen state. We are literately born sinners! And since it’s impossible for a sinner to enter the glory of God, that would leave us in a rather awkward place.
God, however is faithful and just. He’s not going to create us into a hopeless situation that will ultimately land us a one-way ticket to an eternity spent in Hell. He loves us way too much for that.
And that’s why God sent the Wrecking Ball Operator.
In the last few posts, we discussed the fall of the devil, the fall of man, and the love of God. Now we have arrived at the most important part of our journey so far- our meeting with the Wrecking Ball Operator!
Now I’d like to introduce you to a very good friend of mine. You might already know Him (He’s very social) or you may have heard of Him in passing.
He actually holds a bunch of jobs (quite the busy fellow). When I met Him, He was doing some demolition work in Central Indiana, operating a wrecking ball. We got to talking and He noticed that I was busy in my attempts to knock down a tremendous skyscraper within my heart.
He asked me if I’d like His help.
I hurriedly assured Him that the tower was nearly indestructible and at most I had been able to shave off a few stories here and there. He actually seemed amused by that remark and reassured me that with Him, all things were possible.
And then He got straight to work! He promptly drove his wrecking ball up to my tower. He and His machine were so small in comparison to that massive black skyscraper. I doubted that tiny marble of a wrecking ball would do any good against the solid iron monstrosity.
And then He swung! The wrecking ball slammed into the tower, striking near the second floor. Glass shattered, and metal creaked. And then silence. Seeming satisfied, He drove back over to where I was standing and hopped out of His wrecking ball to join me.
He assured me that this “ought to do the trick”.
I thanked Him and was about to make a snide remark about “having a few less windows to break now”, when I noticed something shimmer brightly from the dark exterior of the tower.
That crack that He had created with His wrecking ball, it was shimmering white! All of a sudden, it began to climb up the tower, shattering windows and smashing metal and concrete.
As the crack spread, it sliced straight through the iron beams and smashed through the floors and walls as if they were made of butter! All those bricks painted red with lies, were reduced to powder the second the light touched them.
The crack grew into a split and the next thing I knew, everything was crumbling around me. That tower that I had spent years beating with my fist until it was bloody, now simply crumbled into dust, foundation and all!
In awe I told Him that I had been trying to destroy that thing for ten years. He smiled and told me that all I had needed to do was ask.
And then I saw them! Those hideous beasts that had channeled all my anger, hatred, and madness into this prison tower of lies, were crawling out of the dust where the building once stood, screeching at the top of their lungs.
They looked at me and I at them. Their eyes burned with hatred.
And then they saw Him. All at once, a different emotion overtook their beastly faces freezing those demented smiles in place. Fear. Their yellow eyes bounced to me, and then back to Him. It was clear they couldn’t stand the sight of us together.
And then, as quickly as they had appeared, they were gone. I haven’t seen them since.
My friend smiled and then asked me “Now do you want to see something really cool?” I nodded, wondering what He could possibly show me that could top the awesome destruction of the skyscraper.
He led me a short distance away from the ruins of the tower to a massive quarry, that had by the look of it, been freshly dug. He motioned for me to take a look over the side, so I did. Once again, my jaw dropped.
The gorge that He had dug was nearly full of piles upon piles of weapons of war! There were, guns, ammo, knives, grenades, warheads, swords, shields, and every other form of weaponry imaginable! These were the very weapons that used to be carefully stocked in the armory of the tower! My mind flashed back to our journey there and I recalled how you and I had only found a bow and arrow and nothing more.
“I took these from those monsters that betrayed us, long ago” My friend explained. “In me, they are defeated and disarmed.”
He then turned to me, a look of deep sincerity on across His face and asked me this:
“Do you know who I am?”
Colossians 2:15- “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
Some content excerpted from “Monsters Walk Among Us-A Believer’s Guide to Dealing with the Devil”
ISBN 9781723820014 Copyright 2018 by Jeremiah Ryan